Journal of Drug Education

Use of Gestalt Therapy within a Drug Treatment Program

Gestalt psychotherapyTheory discussionEnglish
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Traditional therapeutic approaches have not demonstrated great success with drug addicts. This article presents a Gestalt Therapeutic approach that has shown promise within a drug treatment program. The major issues discussed include: the acquisition of self-support, taking responsibility, dealing with anxiety, contact, and the expression of pent-up feelings. Also discussed is the manner in which these issues are approached. Focusing on what is happening in the present intensifies the feelings and process experienced, thus creating a more meaningful encounter. The role of the therapist-patient relationship is also presented. This paper attempts to combine the actual therapeutic procedures used with drug addicts, with the theoretical constructs on which they are based.

APA citation

Sideroff, S. (1979). Use of Gestalt Therapy within a Drug Treatment Program. Journal Of Drug Education, 9, 349-357.